ARM Design Platform

Embedded learning, prototyping and product development platform


  • LPC1768, ARM Cortex M3 series of microcontrollers
  • RTC with DS1307
  • 4 Seven segment display modules
  • RELAY 230V, 7A
  • ISP (In-system programming interface)
  • Graphic LCD with 128×64 resolution
  • EEPROM with AT24C16A
  • 4×4 matrix Keypad
  • 5V Regulated DC supply
  • USB to serial UART interface FT232R
  • SD Card module
  • Character LCD 16×2
  • DC Motor interface
  • I2C, SPI & RS232 or TTL serial interface


  • Full-featured design platform with NXP LPC1768
  • A wide range of compatible ARM Microcontrollers
  • FT232R, Single chip USB to serial data transfer interface
  • Onboard SD CARD (Secure digital card) module for learning advanced memory extension
  • High-quality Graphic LCD module for displaying monochrome images
  • ARM Design platform comes with LPC1768 processor by default
  • ISP, USB programmers support, J-Link, U-Link and 3rd party tools
  • Easy plug and program, Programmer/ debugger to run mode switching features
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ARM Design Platform Hardware

Basic development modules and advanced features, to enhance the capability of Design Platform beyond the design limitations. Its open structure and supported Learning Centre reduces the project design complexity for Engineers. All hardware sections are separately categorized with an open structure for the convenience of use and to deliver a clear knowledge of hardware sections.

Unique features of ARM Design platform

Modular Structure for realizing hardware design

The modular structure of ARM Design platform provides isolation between each development modules, sections and peripheral boards simplicity of design and easiness while learning and working on a modular platform. A beginner gets to know the exact circuit structure and the components involved in a particular project. This also enhances the effectiveness of learning.

Flexible port connection options of ARM Design platform

Flexibility refers to a number of free-on-board connections available on ARM Design platform. There are default ports on OpenLab but the user can make use of the free ports instead of the default ports. That means there are no permanent connections between the controller and various ports.

Programmer/ Debugger mode to Running mode switching feature

The user-friendly design adds to the convenience of use of ARM Design platform. It is quite easy to switch between the running mode and programming mode with the help of toggle switches mounted on-board. The switching between programming mode and running mode has been made easy with the help of an in-circuit programmer. Besides, the OpenLab is highly extendable which means the user can interface extra elements either using add-on boards or with the help of breadboard.


SD Card

Onboard SD CARD (Secure digital card) module is an advanced memory extension feature to add additional memory in high-end projects in addition to the microcontroller internal memory. There are four MOSFET level shifters which interconnect the TTL side of PIC microcontroller and 3.3V side of SD CARD. Four jumper connectors select or deselect SD CARD interface with PIC microcontroller.

  • High quality SD CARD slot
  • SPI communication protocol
  • TTL to 3.3V fast MOSFET voltage level shifter

USB 2.0

USB v2.0 development module suitable for developing USB mass storage class devices applications.This onboard module can communicate at low speeds and high speeds with external devices

  • USB v2.0 mass storage device class
  • USB type B connector


This serial wire interface memory is electrically erasable and programmable read-only memory (EEPROM). Atmel EEPROM chip AT24C16A extends 16K additional external memory with PIC microcontroller. AT24C16A chip is internally organized with 128 pages of 16 bytes and communicates with host microcontroller using I2C protocol

  • 16K bytes of memory
  • I2C communication protocol

Real Time Clock (RTC DS1307)

Real Time Clock module with connected Dual In Line package DS1307 chip. DS1307 is a low power, fully binary coded decimal(BCD) clock/calendar with 56 bytes of NV SRAM is hardware interfaced with the PIC microcontroller. Real-Time Clock Counts Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Date of the Month, Month, Day of the Week, and Year with Leap-Year Compensation.

  • RTC chip DS1307
  • Date, month & year registers
  • I2C communication protocol


128×64 Graphic LCD

128×64 pixels graphical LCD. GLCD is provided with nearby default control port and data port to easily interface with the host controller. Noise-free FRC connectors.
LCD contrast control optimizes the intensity of display for better visual experience.

  • 128 x 64 pixels Graphic LCD
  • Default control & data ports
  • GLCD contrast control

LCD 16×2

16*2 LCD module is one of the output devices capable of displaying 2 lines of 16 characters (16 bytes) each. Default data and control ports available near the LCD module. LCD contrast control is provided for adjusting the intensity.

  • 16×2 LCD
  • Default control & data ports
  • LCD contrast control

7 Segment Display

Four seven segment display modules for displaying 4 digit numerical values 0-9999. Port multiplexing method is used to save the usage of ports. Default ports are available for convenience in interfacing with microcontroller

  • Four 7 segment display modules
  • Port multiplexing method
  • Default ports for GLCD interface


Relay & Motor Driver

Motor Relay board includes 230V, 7A Relay driver & DC motor driver. DC motor driver includes ULN 2003, a monolithic high current and high voltage Darlington transistor array. Motor driver board features 4 channels having current sinking capability up to 1A each from the load.

  • 230V, 7A Relay driver
  • 4 terminal Darlington array
  • 1A current sinking capability

Communication ports


Development features for synchronous serial communications, Inter integrated circuit (I2C) and Serial peripheral interface SPI.

Serial Communication

Serial interface with microcontroller which enables two wire communication in desired baud rate

  • TTL to RS232 converter
  • DB9 port

Keypad 4X4 matrix

Matrix keypad features 16 inputs to the host microcontroller using 8bit I/O port.A 4×4 matrix keypad with 8 pins connects to the microcontroller. The rows of the keyboard can be pulled up to VCC or pulled down to the ground with single jumper connector.

  • PULL UP and PULL DOWN modes
  • High quality 4X4 matrix keypad
  • 16inputs through 8bit port

Mini Breadboard

Mini breadboard at the middle of Baseboard for assembling small test circuits in connection with microcontroller ports.

  • 170 holes
  • 4.5mm × 3.5mm × 10mm

5V regulated DC supply

5V Regulated power supply with output current up to 1.5A. Short circuit current limiting.

  • 5V regulated dc power
  • Maximum output current, 1.5A

ARM Design platform supported development tools

ARM Design platform uses NXP ARM processors and supports other ARM processors. It supports various software and hardware tools for the code development and all 3rd party programmer.


KEIL μVision5

Keil MDK Version 5 by ARM Ltd. is the latest release of complete software development environment for a wide range of microcontrollers. Keil μVision5 development tools for ARM Microcontroller architecture support every level of software developer from the professional applications engineer to the student just learning about embedded software development. The Keil ARM Development Tools are designed to solve the complex problems facing embedded software developers.



Flash Magic is Windows software from the Embedded Systems Academy that allows easy access to all the ISP features provided by the devices. These features include Erasing the Flash memory (individual blocks or the whole device), programming the Flash memory, reading Flash memory.




Segger’s J-Link probes are used for programming and debugging ARM processors with JTAG or SWD interfaces. Using the included uVision IDE, designers can program ARM processors using the JTAG Interface.



U-link debugger has USB type B connector to connect PC and 20-pin JTAG connector of ARM Design platform.The debugger allows downloading the code into flash memory.Debug and analyze programs running on the target processor.U-Link features both JTAG and SWD(Serial Wire Debug)interface.

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